NHS backlog: Health services ran into the ground by the Conservatives

NHS backlog: Health services ran into the ground by the Conservatives

Parliamentary news
Responding to new statistics that show the number of people in England waiting to start routine NHS hospital treatment has grown to a record high of 6.4 million and that A&E waiting times are the worst on record, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said: "Blaming this backlog solely on the pandemic is an excuse that just won't wash. The Conservatives' have been running health services into the ground for years. "After years of neglect, health services have been plunged into crisis, with cancer patients waiting months for treatment and families facing deadly delays for an ambulance in an emergency. “Years of driving the NHS into the ground and taking it for granted is putting patients lives at risk. It's high time the Government hatch a serious plan to…
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Ambulance Crisis: Ignored for far too long

Ambulance Crisis: Ignored for far too long

Parliamentary news
Responding to the latest news on ambulance waiting times reported by the BBC, showing a 77% rise in serious incidents reported by paramedics, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said: “This Conservative government has ignored this crisis for far too long. Patients are being put in danger and ambulance staff are on the brink. “If the Government doesn't act now there will be more and more distressing stories of patients being left waiting for an ambulance so long that in some cases it will just be too late. “Liberal Democrats have been sounding the alarm for months, calling for an urgent investigation into England’s ambulance services and a review of ambulance station closures - but the Tory government keeps turning a blind eye." The BBC article stated that: "Doctors…
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North Shropshire MP Helen Morgan passes ambulance crisis motion

North Shropshire MP Helen Morgan passes ambulance crisis motion

Parliamentary news
Helen Morgan Liberal Democrat MP for North Shropshire has this evening passed a party policy motion at the Liberal Democrats Spring Conference to tackle the ambulance service crisis. In the new policy, called ‘The Crisis in Our Ambulance Services’ passed by Liberal Democrat members this weekend the party calls for: Emergency funding to be made available to ambulance trusts to reverse closures of community ambulance stations and cancel planned closures where needed.The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid to commission the CQC to conduct an investigation into the causes and impacts of ambulance service delays.An Ambulance Waiting Times Bill to be passed into law requiring accessible, localised reports of ambulance response times to be published.A campaign to retain, recruit and train paramedics and other ambulance staff.…
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Ambulance waiting times: Government sitting on their hands

Ambulance waiting times: Government sitting on their hands

Parliamentary news
Responding to the news that A&E waiting times are worsening and this is impacting ambulance response times, Liberal Democrat Health and Social Care spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said: “These shocking figures show too many people are being left stranded waiting for an ambulance to arrive, waiting in pain and distress for the medical care they need. “People are being let down by a Conservative Government that is sitting on its hands whilst lives are put at risk due to their incompetence. “After years of driving the NHS into the ground, the Tories need to set out a credible plan to tackle the multiple crises facing our A&Es, ambulance services, and the chronic staffing shortages across health and care that are leaving patients at risk.” Ambulance waiting times for life-threatening calls…
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Javid Statement reveals ‘years of suffering’ ahead

Javid Statement reveals ‘years of suffering’ ahead

Parliamentary news
Responding to Sajid Javid’s statement to the House of Commons on the government‘s proposals to tackle the backlog in NHS treatment, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said: “Patients waiting for treatments in fear and pain have just been condemned to years of suffering with years-long waiting times ahead. “The Government has no idea how upsetting this will be to millions of people and clearly has no idea how to bring waiting times down. “Patients needed to see an ambitious plan to recruit the doctors, nurses and other staff our NHS desperately needs - instead all they got was a poxy waiting lists website. The government should hang its head in shame.”
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New amublance stats show service at breaking point

New amublance stats show service at breaking point

Parliamentary news
New NHS Ambulance Service statistics have shown that for category C1-C2 calls, the average response time in December 2021 for England was the second longest ever, after October 2021. In addition more than 36,000 people in England who called 999 with a “category 2” condition such as a stroke or a heart attack waited almost an hour for an ambulance in December. Responding, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said: “Ambulance services are at breaking point and it's the Government that is to blame. The Conservatives have run ambulance services into the ground with every single target being missed for the most severe cases. "Behind every single one of these statistics is a tragic personal story. "After months of failing to get a grip on the ambulance crisis, it’s…
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Record hospital waiting lists: Conservative neglect leaves patients suffering

Record hospital waiting lists: Conservative neglect leaves patients suffering

Parliamentary news
Reacting to new statistics revealing that 5.98 million people are waiting for hospital treatment in England and that 10,646 patients waited more than 12 hours in A&E last month - both record highs - Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health and Social Care Daisy Cooper MP said: “Johnson’s Conservatives are running our NHS into the ground and these damning figures should shock them into a reverse drive. “No one should be stuck in A&E for hours or left waiting weeks for hospital treatment. "Waiting times were already at a record high before the pandemic hit, but covid has pushed an already overstretched health service to breaking point. "Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have neglected health services for years, and patients are suffering as a result. “Ministers must take urgent action to rescue our…
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GP Shortages: Only 4-in-10 able to get same-day appointment

GP Shortages: Only 4-in-10 able to get same-day appointment

Parliamentary news
Only four in ten (40.3%) of people were able to get a same-day appointment with their GP in October, a two-year low, NHS figures published this morning have revealed. Meanwhile over one in four (28.8%) people had to wait eight days or more for an appointment, the highest level since before the pandemic in February 2020. The Liberal Democrats said the figures showed the government must urgently fix the GP recruitment crisis, and warned that delays to GP appointments are piling more pressure on A&Es ahead of a difficult winter. It comes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid admitted on Sunday that the government is not on course to meet its target of recruiting 6,000 more GPs by 2025. Liberal Democrat Health and Social Care spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said: “People…
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Liberal Democrats challenge GP waiting times after COVID

Liberal Democrats challenge GP waiting times after COVID

Borough news
Oldham’s Liberal Democrats have taken up the problems that many residents currently face on waiting times to get an appointment with their GP, after they uncovered that the data on which practices were doing well or poorly was not even being collected. Leader of the opposition on Oldham Council, Howard Sykes MBE, said: “Too many people are not getting the service they need from their GPs, and we were not getting any reasonable explanation as to why. “GP numbers in Oldham have risen over the last six years, while patient numbers per GP have fallen, yet that doesn’t match with people’s experiences of struggling to see a doctor. “After asking the Health and Wellbeing Board (16/11/21) for answers, I have been told that they will now start collecting this data,…
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New analysis shows longer GP wait times and less face to face appointments than pre-pandemic

New analysis shows longer GP wait times and less face to face appointments than pre-pandemic

Parliamentary news
New data, from the House of Commons Library analysed by the Liberal Democrats, has revealed: Before the pandemic an estimated 80% of GP appointments were face to face. Now no CCG area meets that level.In some areas only 45% of people are having face to face appointments, the rest being a combination of telephone or video.People are also waiting longer for GP appointments. In some areas almost 1 in 10 people are waiting over 3 weeks for an appointment. These numbers mask large disparities with Liverpool CCG seeing 70% of its patients on the same or next day, whereas Dorset CCG, despite some of the highest rates of face-to-face appointments, only sees 48% of its patients on the same day or next day of making an appointment. Responding to the…
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